Feb 2014 05

BLOG: What I wish I’d known as a Freshie
By Laur’n DisOrder

With the new intake I have been thinking about what I wish I’d known when I joined. I didn’t want to write about things like technique, exercise regimes etc. here because there are people way more qualified to comment in the league. What this blog is about is my personal experience and what I wish past DisOrder had known.

So in no particular order:

You are not wasting anyone’s time.
This is a thought that I have to hold on to even now. I was really worried when I started that I was somehow wasting people’s time when I needed help, that if I just kept repeating the drill it would somehow make sense without me having to ask for help. It’s true that practise is key to learning new skillz but there’s no shame in asking for help and in our league usually the person you ask really, really wants to help.
No matter what skill level you are at, no matter how hard you are finding something that everyone else seems to get instantly, asking for help when you need it is a good thing. I still feel like an uncoordinated toddler when I go to another skater and say “This isn’t working for me, can you help?” but everyone has been totally supportive. No matter how amazing you get as a skater (I’ve been assured by some really amazing skaters) there will always be stuff you don’t get. It’s always good to get an outside perspective when there is something that is not working. If you need help, ask. You are not wasting anyone’s time I promise.

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Feb 2014 28

‘Hi, my name is Sintax and I’m a roller derby referee.’

 Feels easy to say, like it should just roll off the tongue, but it didn’t always. There was a while there where owning my officialdom was a challenge, something I felt ‘wrong’ about.  Now, coming up on my fifth birthday as Sintax, it seems inconceivable that I would have ever been scared to own this awesome part in the game. I tell the story of me as a skater like it’s a joke, like I was always hiding the stripes under the numbers. And maybe I was. Coming out as a referee was hard and I think I’ve finally worked out why.

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